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  • gallium soft robot T-1000 Terminator China programmable shapeshifting metal

    Rise of the liquid gallium smart robots

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Skynet's liquid metal T-1000 robot seemed fantastical when the Terminator 2: Judgement Day movie was released in 1991. Fast forward 30 years, however, and researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created early renditions of shapeshifting soft robots made of liquid gallium infused with magnetic neodymium-iron-boron microparticles. The "robot" is made up of magnetic pixels – particles containing a liquid metal and a neodymium magnet – as well as an elastic matrix mad...

  • purest gallium arsenide electrons Princeton University physics quantum mechanics

    Nature of electrons revealed with chip

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Princeton University researchers have created the world's purest sample of gallium arsenide, a semiconductor used in devices that power cell phones and satellites. From a square no larger than the width of a pencil eraser, the study provided a new perspective into the quantum realm and deep insight into the very nature of electrons. Fashioning the material down to one impurity for every 10 billion atoms, reaching a level of immaculate quality that outstrips even the world's...

  • Genvia Schlumberger New Energy CEA CO2 emissions cement steel ArcelorMittal

    French hydrogen for cement, steelmaking

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A French private-public partnership that includes Schlumberger New Energy and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is tackling the carbon dioxide emissions from two industrial sectors that account for more than 15% of global CO2 output – cement manufacturing and steelmaking. Leveraging more than two decades of research and development by CEA, the French technology venture known as Genvia has signed agreements with industrial leaders to scale up n...

  • Hyundai Motor Group SEVEN concept electric vehicle SUEV IONIQ LA Convention

    Hyundai reveals super luxury SUEV concept

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Hyundai Motors Group announced today the reveal of SEVEN, its newest sport utility electric vehicle concept at AutoMobility LA. Along with other products such as the IONIQ 5 and the XCIENT fuel cell on display at the auto show, SEVEN shows that Hyundai is leaping ahead in the e-mobility market. Following the 45 and Prophecy concepts in 2019 and 2020, respectively, SEVEN opens a new chapter for the IONIQ brand as Hyundai's dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) showcase....

  • bp British Petroleum Lightsource solar panel PV photovoltaic cadmium-telluride

    bp puts in large First Solar panel order

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 7, 2021

    Continuing its transformation from a British company supplying much of the world's petroleum needs for the past 120 years to an integrated energy company embracing a spectrum of energy sources for a low-carbon future, bp has put in orders for advanced cadmium-telluride (CdTe), thin-film photovoltaic solar modules produced by First Solar. Lightsource bp, the largest solar provider in Europe, and bp have placed multi-year orders for up to 5.4 gigawatts of First Solar PV modules... Full story

  • EV US supply chain rare earths critical minerals Biden administration mining

    EV cart ahead of critical minerals horse

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Does the United States' electric vehicle ambitions put the cart before the horse? Or, more precisely, place the EVs ahead of the raw material supply chains needed to build them? The Biden administration wants half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030. This comes at a time when the European Union has called for a complete transition away from fossil-fuel-burning automobiles by 2035, and China is making its own massive push into the EV sector. This envisioned... Full story